28 Sep '16, 5pm

7 foods that pack more iron than a serving of red meat

7 foods that pack more iron than a serving of red meat

Sure, you might like to pump iron at the gym between your runs. But that’s not the only kind of iron your bod needs. Iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body, while also supporting immune function and cognitive performance, according to Lauren Harris-Pincus, R.D.N., and Owner of Nutrition Starring You . But it can sometimes be tough to actually hit the 18 miligrams of iron recommended daily for women and eight milligrams for men between the ages of 19 and 50. “Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder,” says Harris-Pincus. And if you’re not a huge fan of red meat , it can be doubly hard to get enough of the nutrient. That's because, according to the National Institues of Health , vegetarians require about 32 miligrams of iron per day to meet their needs. Why the big difference? There are actually two kinds of iron—heme and non-heme. “...

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